McBeath Gaelic Medical Manuscript (selected pages)
Scope and Contents
Dating from the 16th-century, it is a medical manuscript, in Gaelic and Latin. It was owned by the family of McBeath (also known as Bethunes or Beatons) who were for many generations physicians of repute in the West Highlands, particularly in Mull and Islay. On pages 189-190 there is a carefully prepared family tree. In the Gaelic world basic medical texts were available in the vernacular, whereas Latin remained the language of medical learning in the rest of Scotland. This manuscript shows close ties with Irish book-making traditions, particularly in the decoration. One of the more elaborate treatises treats of the colour of urine as an indication and symptom of disease.
Pencil note by Mr.Laing as 'A Gaelic MS. On vellum, square 8vo'. The bulk of the writing is in the Irish character : at the end are some writings in a later hand in English, and treating of astrology.
McBeath Gaelic Medical Manuscript, 16th century, La.III.21. University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections.
McBeath Gaelic Medical Manuscript, 16th century, La.III.21. University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections. http://lac-archivesspace-live1.is.ed.ac.uk:8081/repositories/2/archival_objects/15741 Accessed December 07, 2023.